DreadBall - Veer-myn - Skittersneak Stealers
Welcome to part 3 of 5 of my review of the DreadBall models.
With 2 Guards and 8 Strikers the Veer-myn team makes for a surprisingly parts heavy kit.
There are two identical models for the guards, which come with separate tails and heads, unlike other models in the set.
The arms shown a nasty bit of flash around the fingers, and very prominent mould lines over the forearm.
The body and head suffer from having badly placed sprue vents.On the body it's on the shoulder guard, which isn't too tricky to clean up (again, note the mould lines).
On the head though the problem is much worse with the section to be trimmed right against the fur detail.
Once things are cleaned up the models do go together nicely though.
The only other issue I have is with the bases. As they're so big and have such a wide pose the bases have been extended. This has been done in possibly the most horrible way possible. I'm half tempted to cut these free of the base entirely and but them straight onto one of the clear bases.
The eight Strikers are difficult to put together. Split at the leg as well as with separate arms, there are a lot of parts to consider. There are only two main bodies to make up, with variety coming in the from of two different right hand pieces.
Once again there some awkward cleaning to do, with the risk of taking out the locating tab on these arms while trimming the excess plastic off.
Then there's this one. Fair enough it'll be hidden when you add the leg, but it's still not an ideal place.
More bizarrely, considering how well the models have been cleaned up before being sent out, is the sprue left on some of the Strikers. Also note the heavy mould line.
Anther arm type that needs delicate trimming.
I've jumped ahead to assembly here, as there were issues. The models on the left went together fairly easily, as to be honnest did the models on the right. The issue I has was balancing them. They hang so far over their bases that there is no way I could see to stop them toppling. With the bases not really allowing you to use the standard trick of gluing in a penny, I've blu-tacked them to the clear bases for now.
Beware when fitting in the legs, as you're going to put a bit of strain on the ankle attacked to the base. If the tab and socket don't fit, then trim them down rather than force them.
There are two types of right arm, so I've mixed them evenly amongst the two model types. The locating socket for these arms is elliptical which means you've got a choice of two positions, which really means, one, unless you want things to look daft.
Team & Conclusion
Finished, the team looks quite good, and the effort put in seems worth it. By far the most complex team to build, from cleaning to assembly, they've not wowed me.
Aesthetically I like the team, but they are held back by the annoying nature of their design. If anyone does find a way to balance them without bases I'd be interested.
The stand alone set contains 2 guards and 6 strikers for £14.99, and it's up to you if the hassle is worth it.